SEASONS GREETINGS: Information Letter to Parents

Dear Parents, dear Families

We hope that you are well, that your families are healthy and safe - and that you are looking forward to the holiday season. 

This year is very special and will certainly stay in the memory of our kids and families for a long, long time.

We at the APE are keeping business as usual, supporting the School, parents and kids in their endeavours. Alas, we can’t organise our very popular events such as the St Martin parade, Christmas market, workshops, picnics, which were always a great opportunity for families to meet and for kids to play together. So, for now, we work more in the back office, cooperating with the School Administration, keeping the after school service alive (more below), guaranteeing the functioning of the Lunch-Box service and looking for creative ways to connect the school community together. So if you have good ideas, drop us an email to info-ape@ees.eu or write on the Facebook page of the APE or visit our (new) website, where you can find the latest news.    

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Parents' Association members and elections to the Administrative Council of the EES

The APE General Assembly elected in September the composition of the APE board for 2020/2021.

Subsequently, the election of parents´ representatives to the Administrative Council of the EES took place in October. Many thanks to all of you who participated in the exercise and voted for the APE list (354 parents have cast their vote, with 279 valid votes, 0 blank votes and 75 invalid votes). You can learn more about the “new” and “old” APE board members and the participation in the works of the School in the Who we are and What we do sections on the APE website.  

 

At present, the French Education Ministry examines possibilities of using new technologies for voting. We remain hopeful that for next elections in 2021 we will use at least some elements of e-voting in order to reduce the carbon print of the operation and also alleviate the human resources required to prepare the election material.

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News from from the Périscolaire Working Group of the APE/ UFCV

First of all, we’d like to thank you for all your patience and understanding in these strange times of Covid. And thank you also for continuing to trust that the UFCV team is doing what is necessary to care for your child/children according to all the latest recommendations. 

As you can imagine, the current and ongoing sanitary crisis is quite a challenge to the organisation and running of the afterschool activities. It impacted the daily life of the school. As groups across ages are not allowed to mix, and more social distancing is required, the UFCV had to split the groups differently and hire extra staff. Several physical activities are no longer permitted. New initiatives and activities as well as creative thinking are much needed.

The APE Périscolaire working group remains in weekly, sometimes daily contact with the UFCV team, always looking for best solutions to new challenges, such as the new planning for the S1-S4 Lunch-Box (as the usual premises are being used to conduct exams in the two last weeks). We really appreciate yours and your child’s/children’s flexibility, adaptability and willingness to make things work for the health and safety of everyone. 

Should you have any questions regarding the measures taken, the activities offered or the lunch box arrangements, please don’t hesitate to contact the UFCV-Team directly or the Périscolaire working group info-ape@ees.eu

 

Security questions 

Security issues  are an important topic discussed amongst the APE CD members, as well as with the EES direction and that took a large part of the last Administrative Council. The security report mentioned in some discussions will not be circulated as by nature the issue has to remain undisclosed. However, all measures have been taken and the issue is still under scrutiny with local authorities as well as the Education. The APE is following the issue very seriously and is working very closely with the school. Our coordinate action also consists of putting pressure if necessary to help the school obtain appropriate measures.

Bac and exams 

The school is working, together with other European schools, the parent’s representatives and the Secretary General to organize the Bac 2021 with the current situation in mind. The exams took place as usual in December for S5 and S6 and the pre-bac will be organized in January.

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Dear EES families, stay healthy, enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones, even if it may be only with the help of technology.  And remember - we isolate now, so that when we meet again, no one is missing.

 

Merry Christmas/ Seasons’ Greetings from your APE

Susanne, Carolyn, Robyn, Muriel, Anna, Alexandros, Erik, Beatrice, Annette, Joanna, Marcos, Astrid, Jennie, Nadia, Aniello, Anca, Eleni, Banu, Vidor, Christos